Washington, D.C. - Wyomingites flocked to Washington D.C. this week to see one of their own, Dick Cheney, become Vice President and celebrate the inauguration of the nation's 43rd President, George W. Bush.
Wyoming's U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi commented on the week's activities and what is in store for the future.
"What a sight it was," Thomas said. "To watch the new President and his Vice President be sworn in is always a stirring moment. This time brought with it even more pride and emotion because of the special connection many of us from Wyoming feel by way of Vice President Dick Cheney."
"I'm hopeful, like most Americans, that the next four years will be productive ones," Thomas continued. "There is much to do on the issues people care about, but today was one to celebrate the peaceful transfer of power and the opportunity for the future."
"Wyoming has made Washington a very exciting place. This is like a Fourth of July happening in January, a Fourth of July that has been years in the making. It's been building up as we have watched Dick Cheney in the offices he has served in. We hoped he would go for a major office and now he has. He is Vice President of the United States," said Enzi. "We have a person from Wyoming that is a part of the White House. It means such a tremendous future for the state. I think half of the state of Wyoming must be in Washington now. The other half of the people in Washington are matched by people who wish they were from Wyoming. Wyoming people are coming through the delegation offices and there is a tremendous amount of excitement.
"I have met with both of the bands and a Close-Up group that are here from Wyoming. They are outstanding examples of the kind of young people that come out of Wyoming.
"We have already been involved in what is going to happen next week. The first things are the nominations for the cabinet. Most of those cabinet positions will have an effect on Wyoming as well as the rest of the country. Through the nomination process we have had a chance to sit down with the nominees and visit with them about things specific to Wyoming. We've had a chance in the committee room to talk to them about things that are needed for the United States. It's a way to build a record and get the momentum going the way we want it to go in Wyoming. It's so nice to have people that understand the West and rural Wyoming and who are willing to work with us to get the kinds of things we have been needing for several years. It is an exciting time."